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Getting into life's zone to beat the stress and chaos


Running is a mind-body sport

Running is a mind-body sport

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Running is a mind-body sport

There are days that I take a deep breath and wonder what life is all about.

I was recently standing in the supermarket queue and when I looked around everyone seemed to be rushing about and stressed out.

I was also under a bit of pressure as I had to collect my son from school. I began to pack my bags very quickly. My phone started to ring in my pocket and a wise man standing beside me said "don't rush, you get nothing for it". As I ran out of the supermarket, weighed down with the shopping, suddenly I realised that I had forgotten where I parked my car.

I took a couple of deep breaths and after about two minutes I found it. As I drove back to the house I said to myself: 'I can't continue rushing around like this, day in, day out.'

Running is a mind-body sport and to be the best runner you can be, both your body and mind need training. For athletes to deliver best performances, they have to have the necessary physical gifts and abilities.

Athletes can get the best out of themselves by using techniques like deep-breathing, positive self-talk and visualisation. In running we often talk about being in the 'zone', this is when everything comes together for you - concentration, physical expertise, focus, calm and confidence.

I have experienced the 'zone' many times and it is a tremendous feeling. I would not hear or see anyone but was fully focused on the task in hand.

'Concentration is the ability to think of absolutely nothing when it is absolutely necessary.'

So from that day in the supermarket I realised I had to start using my strong running mind to deal with everyday life stresses.

'A negative mind will never give you a positive or fulfilled life.'

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